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adverb in·stead \in-ˈsted\

Definition of instead

  1. 1 :  as a substitute or equivalent <was going to write but called instead>

  2. 2 :  as an alternative to something expressed or implied :  rather <longed instead for a quiet country life>



Examples of instead in a sentence

  1. <I was offered a ride, but I chose to walk instead.>



1667

First Known Use of instead

1667

Rhymes with instead

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INSTEAD Defined for Kids

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adverb in·stead \in-ˈsted\

Definition of instead for Students

  1. :  as a substitute <I was going to write but called instead.>





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